Football: FA Cup semi-final team-sheet

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Sheffield Utd v Newcastle Utd

(At Old Trafford, 3pm, Sky Sports 2)

THE Blades hope to welcome back the defenders Chris Short and Roger Nilsen, both of whom have not played since the win over Coventry. They will undergo late fitness tests on hamstring and calf injuries respectively. The Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Alan Kelly, the hero of the previous round with three penalty shoot-out saves, has recovered from a rib injury. Newcastle have several players struggling with injuries. Steve Howey is definitely out and the skipper Rob Lee has only a slight chance of playing - both have hamstring injuries. Darren Peacock, who is battling against a calf strain, is likely to be fit and Alessandro Pistone's back has responded to treatment.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal

(At Villa Park, 12 noon, ITV)

THE midweek goalscorer Christopher Wreh will again lead Arsenal's depleted strikeforce in the absence of Ian Wright (groin) and Dennis Bergkamp (suspended). Marc Overmars, so influential of late, is rated at no better than a 50- 50 chance of playing. Gilles Grimandi should be fit to replace the full- back Lee Dixon, who is out for another two weeks with hamstring trouble. The Wolves skipper Keith Curle and quarter-final matchwinner Don Goodman are fit after being rested in midweek. Simon Osborn is suspended, Neil Emblen is cup-tied while David Connolly has not received international clearance after signing from Feyenoord. The veteran striker Steve Bull is likely to start on the bench.

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